When the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated (and almost never made) The Hateful Eight was attached to the theatrical release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, cellphone footage of it quickly popped up online, and it looked—even by cellphone standards—terrible, and since nobody saw A Dame to Kill For, that terrible footage has been all we’ve had to go on. Now, however, we can officially get a glimpse of the teaser without going through the shaky mobile middleman:
When we say “officially,” we’re using the word (very) loosely. The trailer quickly went viral when it popped up online yesterday, but every source for the video shared the exact same embedded player, which caused them to all suffer the exact same fate when, late last night, that embedded player ceased to play the Eight teaser, and began playing an infamous old interview with Quentin Tarantino instead. Whoever switched the source video (the Weinsteins) left every site—and we’re talking dozens of high-profile publications—utterly and (admittedly) brilliantly trolled.
We’ll see how long the above link continues to work—it’s the only video player claiming to play the Eight teaser that’s not playing the Tarantino interview, and it took us hours to come across it. Its survival can be attributed to the fact that it’s being hosted by vid.me, which is a bit of a maverick when compared to other video-hosting services, but we’re guessing it won’t take long before the Weinsteins figure out how to shut it down, too, leaving us just like everybody else: hosting a story for a trailer that doesn’t have a trailer in it.
So get it while it’s hot, folks—it may not contain any actual footage from the film, but Iggy and the Stooges’ “Gimme Danger” and character names like “Oswald Mobray” and “General Sandy Smithers” are enough to make seeing this teaser well worth your 97 seconds. In all honesty: Despite not having seen a single frame of this film yet, this teaser is enough for me to confidently say that The Hateful Eight is now my favorite Tarantino film.
Also: How fucking cool does Omega Underground look right now?